JANUARY 2015 / DIRT BIKE 5
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate
safety gear. Dirt Bike does all of its testing and photography legally on public land, or private land with permission from the owner(s), and
we abide by the local laws concerning vehicle registration and muffler/spark arrester requirements. We are not responsible for quality of
aftermarket accessories we use.
DIRT BIKE • JANUARY 2015• VOLUME 45, NO. 1
ON THE COVER: It’s a party, and every dirt bike in the world is invited. This month we test everything from new 450s to two-strokes, both old and
new. Photos: Mark and Ron.
ON THIS PAGE: Charlie Mullins won day 2 at the full Gas Sprint Enduro. Photo: Ken King.
It started off as a really bad idea and evolved into a great
motorcycle. A 2004 Honda CR250R chassis and a 2000
CR250R motor eventually combined to make a two-stroke that
Honda should have built.
68 KTM 200 REBORN
Of all the two-stroke bargains that float around in the used-bike cloud, the KTM 200 is a rare find. For some reason,
people never sell them. If you find one, it will be a candidate
for a complete rebuild.
74 KTM 1290 PREVIEW
KTM is trying to make its mark on the adventure bike world.
The new 1290 will make a very big mark indeed. It has more
than just horsepower; it offers a lifestyle.
78 RALLY MEXICO
Back in the early days of Baja racing, the Mexican 1000 was
an adventure in survival and navigation. The Rally Mexico is a
return to those days, with a little bit of Dakar mixed in.
84 DICK’S RACING 1190
There are no two adventure bikes that are exactly alike. This
one is a KTM made for the mountains of Utah and the deserts of
Nevada, with a little bit of California style thrown in.
90 THE GOODS
This month’s collection of adventure hardware is lubricated by
Motul, protected by ZOX helmets, and dressed in Heidenau tires
and Samco hoses.
96 JOHN BURR 24 HOURS OF GLEN HELEN
For years, the 24 Hours of Glen Helen has been the property of
the JCR Honda team. This year JCR was gone, but all its riders
were back, and they ran headlong into an unstoppable green
98 MONSTER CUP
You have to finish what you start. Oklahoma boy Trey Canard won
the first two heats, then had two very expensive crashes in the
final. One cost him a million and the other cost him 100 grand.
26 RAW FILES
26 RIDERS WRITE
66 SUBSCRIPTION INFO
104 PRODUCT EVALUATION
106 NEW PRODUCTS
108 MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
114 BACK IN THE DAY